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Blog series by CrossGrain (Josh) updated 02-05-2013 09:46 PM 4 parts 5814 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Intro

02-22-2011 09:27 PM by CrossGrain (Josh) | 5 comments »

I’ve decided that I really need a workbench if I’m going to be doing any amount of ‘real’ woodworking. A board slapped on top of the tablesaw isn’t really cutting it, and I could really use a vise. I’ll be following the ‘Getting Started in Woodworking’ workbench design loosely with many of my own modifications. Much of the design will come out of the components that I have selected for the bench. First, I want a solid wood top rather than ...

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Part 2: Bench Top

03-02-2011 01:14 AM by CrossGrain (Josh) | 5 comments »

I have now completed the benchtop. Two key parts dictated dimensions and part locations: the countertop that I picked up from Ikea, and the large front vise from Lee Valley. Here is the countertop – solid beech: There was a small gap on the underside of the countertop that I filled with epoxy: Two pieces of MDF were cut to the same dimension as the countertop. On the underside of one piece of MDF, I layed out where the vise would be along with the legs and apron, then det...

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Part 3: Leg assemblies

09-22-2011 06:36 PM by CrossGrain (Josh) | 6 comments »

Last time, I had finished assembly of the benchtop but had neglected to get any pictures of it right-side up. I moved it onto the bed in the spare bedroom near my work area to make room for sizing up the leg stock. I purchased poplar for the base of the bench since it is relatively inexpensive. I read something recently about poplar not being a good choice for a workbench base (not sure what the reasoning was), but I have already purchased it and done much of the sizing of parts from it. I...

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Part 4: Photo Essay

02-05-2013 09:46 PM by CrossGrain (Josh) | 3 comments »

Long awaited update to my workbench series

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